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Strengthened tenancy laws for victims of domestic violence

29-Jan-2019
Written by Kerrie Walker
New tenancy reforms that improve and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence will start on 28 February 2019.

The domestic violence reforms represent some of the most significant changes to NSW tenancy laws for victims and survivors of domestic violence living in rented properties.

Under the new laws, tenants who need to escape circumstances of domestic violence will be able to end their tenancy immediately and without penalty. They will not be liable to pay any compensation or additional money for the early termination.

The documents used to end a tenancy due to domestic violence cannot be used or disclosed for any other purpose (unless compelled by law). For example, a property manager cannot use these documents as part of a reference check. The documents must be stored and disposed of securely.

Landlords and agents will also be prohibited from listing a tenant on a tenancy database if they ended a tenancy in circumstances of domestic violence.

Fair Trading is hosting a webinar on the new domestic violence reforms at 10am on Thursday 28 February 2019. The webinar will go for an hour and will discuss what the reforms mean for tenants, landlords and agents.

For more information on the domestic violence reforms Click Here


SOURCE: Fair Trading

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